Friends and former teammates of Lamar Odom were still reacting Wednesday morning to news that the one-time professional basketball player was fighting for his life after he was found unconscious a day earlier in a Nevada brothel. While the cause of his critical condition had not been immediately determined, the man who achieved fame beyond basketball by marrying socialite Khloe Kardashian had previously battled substance abuse, and speculation of a relapse quickly followed news of Odom's situation.
An emergency medical helicopter arrived after the authorities were notified, but Odom's 6 feet 10 inch frame proved to be too massive to fit into the aircraft, forcing him to be transported to Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas via ambulance. Video footage has emerged from the conclusion of that fateful ride, showing emergency workers removing what is apparently Odom's body from the ambulance on a stretcher.
Odom's body was stabilized by a number of restraints and there appeared to be a breathing apparatus attached to his face while the three emergency technicians pushed the stretcher into the emergency room. That footage can be viewed below.
Odom was at the brothel for "a good time" and he had consumed an herbal supplement for the purposes of having sex, the establishment's owner said, but it was unclear if any other drugs were in his system. “He just wanted to get away, have a good time and relax,” said Dennis Hof, who owns and operates the Love Ranch in Crystal, Nevada, which is about 80 miles away from Las Vegas. However, when a worker at the brothel went into Odom's room, he was “throwing up all kinds of stuff,” reported the New York Times.
The brothel where Odom was found is notorious for holding "Viagra parties," a reference to the prescription drug sexual stimulant that Odom had reportedly taken,
Rumors of Odom's death were posted online Wednesday morning by various public figures, including rapper Lil Wayne and professional basketball player J.R. Smith, but Odom's manager quickly issued a statement debunking those allegations without providing any "additional information or comment."
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